Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Assistant Treasurer, and it relates to the reintroduction of the Victorian WorkCover Authority as the public name, face and brand replacing the now publicly familiar name WorkSafe, which is an eponymous term that immediately conveys its meaning -- not so with the term Victorian WorkCover Authority. The name WorkSafe Victoria has been used since 2007 and has high public recognition. I understand it cost $50 million to establish the branding and assume it will cost millions more to rebrand. My question to the minister is: what is the compelling reason behind the name change from WorkSafe to the Victorian WorkCover Authority?
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2014 makes four key changes to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998. The changes will enable the tribunal when exercising its review function to invite an original decision-maker to reconsider the decision; enable the tribunal to make an order in relation to fees, separate from its power to award costs; introduce a legislative scheme for the tribunal in relation to expert witnesses and their evidence; and provide a range of mechanical and technical amendments to improve the tribunal's ability to manage proceedings.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the motion put forward by Mr Lenders. It is timely that the whole regime to deal with preventing dog attacks and dealing with so-called dangerous dogs or menacing dogs or threatening dogs or specific breeds in legislation et cetera as a whole be looked at. The laws that are in place under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 have been in place for quite a while. Amendments to that act have been put in place by the previous government and by this government, and just recently, in December, there were some more amendments made as a result of the coronial inquiry into the death of Ayen Chol.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 15 March I attended the opening of the duck shooting season at Lake Elizabeth near Kerang in northern Victoria. While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers were very focused on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.
Sadly, over the course of the morning we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers appeared to be present.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That this house notes that --
(1) costs to Victorian taxpayers of staging the Formula One grand prix in Albert Park have been mounting since 1996;
(2) when first elected the government stated that the taxpayer subsidy was too high and that the event would not be continued unless costs came down;
(3) the government has refused to carry out a proper cost-benefit analysis of the event as recommended by the Auditor-General's office in 2007, or required the event to collect accurate attendance figures despite the huge taxpayer subsidy it receives; and
calls on the government to ensure that the grand prix is not staged in Victoria beyond the expiration of the current contract in 2015.
Education And Training Reform Amendment (Registration Of Early Childhood Teachers And Victorian Institute Of Teaching) Bill 2014
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Registration of Early Childhood Teachers and Victorian Institute of Teaching) Bill 2014 makes a number of amendments mainly with regard to early childhood teachers and membership of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) council and the establishment of a registry of disciplinary action (RODA), all administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. It also makes amendments regarding criminal history checks and mandatory reporting. Those are amendments to the Child Employment Act 2003.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC, attended the opening of the duck shooting season, at Lake Elizabeth, near Kerang in northern Victoria.
“While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, I was glad to see DEPI officers present to ensure the safety of the large number of swans that were there. Every year, we see swans illegally shot and left on the water to die,” Ms Pennicuik said. “The officers, however, seemed more focussed on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.”
“Sadly, over the course of the morning, we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few DEPI officers appeared to be present.